raise every year but one for the last ten years. Now yes it is true when I have
got my step my salary did go up a few nickels here and there but I always
equated it with the difference you would pay a plumber verses a master plumber.
A fifth year teacher does get paid a little more than fourth year teacher but that’s
because we value years of experience. The salary schedule hasn’t changed in something like seven years.
Semantics, some might say, and I guess it’s a lot easier
for the union to go “hey look at us, we’re looking out for you” but I also don’t think
it should be lost on anybody that the year they acknowledge teachers didn’t get
a raise, the district was sitting on over a hundred million dollars in reserves.
Furthermore I think for professional
teachers that plan to make a career out of it, taking a 900 dollar bonus in lieu
of a step, something we did in 2011- 12 is a suckers trade.
bit disingenuous. They mentioned the 2,000 dollar bonus that teachers got last
year. Well that was money given by the state to districts to give to teachers
as a raise and many districts did just that, they gave raises. Duval with the
support of the union optioned instead to give a 2000 dollar bonus which was also
less than what most districts gave their staffs. Again I feel like we’re
falling behind and it is frustrating.
raises in years. Teachers have received raises each year but one in the
last ten years. We completed a three year salary agreement in 2013-2014. In the
first year of that agreement (2011-2012), teachers received a $900 bonus in
lieu of step. That year, money did not go on the salary schedule and is why
teachers are behind one step. In the 2nd and 3rd years of the agreement, however, teachers received
step and $500 at the top step. In addition to step and money at the top in the
3rd year of the agreement (2013-2014), teachers
received a negotiated $2000 supplement from additional state monies that were
allocated to districts. This year, step will be received along with additional
money as a result of the conversion to the new Grandfather Schedule. The missed
step in 2011-2012 was the only time in the recent past that teachers did not
receive a raise.
you put on it I and every other teacher are still in the hole from the three
percent salary the state took from all teachers three years ago and DTU and
Duval have done nothing to make that up while several other districts have.
working on our behalf from the union and I hope I am wrong but I just get the
sense that the district is playing chess and the union is playing checkers.